Natasha Lambert completes Sea and Summit Challenge

Natasha Lambert

Natasha Lambert

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

She has sipped and puffed her way around the south coast.

Natasha Lambert has cerebral palsy, but that didn't stop her completing the Sea and Summit challenge to sail 430 miles for charity.

The 17-year-old has eight years of sailing experience, and controls the boat by breathing through a straw into a specially-engineered bicycle helmet which her dad Gary designed.

She sailed with her family on 'Miss Isle' to raise money for the RNLI, who save lives at sea, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the Royal Yachting Association's Foundation for young people.

Travelling along the South West coast of England and Wales, Natasha reached her final destination, Swansea Marina, with a huge smile on her face after raising more than £11,000.

Natasha, who lives on the Isle of Wight, is now taking on her next challenge and swapping the boat for a walking aid to climb 2,907 ft and reach the highest peak in Southern Britain, Pen Y Fan.

Mum Amanda said: “We were told years ago that Natasha's life would be different but we didn't expect anything like this - it's spectacular. We feel elated and so proud."

Her coach, Phil Devereux added: “She's grown so much as a sailor, sooner or later she won't need me anymore, which is the job of any coach but now it's all about the mountain and we can't wait to complete the challenge and get to the top.”

To support Natasha's next challenge, visit missisle.com

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